Battle Lines Drawn On New Coal Industry Rules

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 10:33 am

On June 2nd the Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose “legally sound” guidelines for limiting carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act for existing power plants. The rules are anticipated to be enforced by executive action from President Obama, a move that is likely to infuriate Republican members of Congress. Implementing proposed EPA rules [...]

NLRB Proposal For Union Elections Could Prove Substantial

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 8:34 am

The National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency in charge of interpreting and enforcing labor law in the private sector, is studying a proposal to change the union election system to make it easier for workers to vote in a union at their workplace. The proposal passed to the next stage of development by a [...]

As Port Strike Deadline Approaches Obama Pressured To Use Taft-Hartley

By: Friday December 28, 2012 6:14 am

UPDATE 1:10PM EST: There has been a 30 day extension to the ILA contract postponing the strike. The deadline is December 29th. Tomorrow. At 12:01 am on December 30th 14 ports from Boston to Houston will close as members of the International Longshoremen Association (ILA) covering the the East and Gulf coasts go on strike. [...]

Schneiderman Announces Subpoenas, But on Campaign Finance

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 9:39 am

Good news, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a wide-ranging subpoena yesterday. Only it had nothing to do with the financial fraud task force he’s co-chairing. Instead, this was a subpoena about campaign contributions to tax-exempt groups: Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York has begun investigating contributions to tax-exempt groups that are [...]

Chamber of Commerce Pitching Perfect Game at Supreme Court This Session

By: Friday June 22, 2012 8:15 am

Here in California, the state Chamber of Commerce designates a certain number of bills as “job killers.” When Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor, he would routinely veto almost every bill with such a designation that made it through the legislature. One year he vetoed all of them. The situation hasn’t improved all that much with Jerry [...]

Chamber of Commerce Finds Loophole Around Campaign Spending Disclosure

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 7:47 am

An important ruling earlier this month appeared to pave the way for independent expenditure campaigns to have to declare their donors. However, the US Chamber of Commerce, one of the biggest groups affected by this, believes they have found a way around it that would keep their donors secret. But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, [...]

Will Chamber of Commerce Call for Wal-Mart Corrupters to Be Purged?

By: Sunday April 22, 2012 10:30 am

After reading the New York Time’s excellent reporting on Wal-Mart’s pervasive bribery of foreign officials (Mexico in this case, but it’s hardly isolated to them), I remembered reading stories last year, including this excellent piece by Dan Froomkin, about how the Chamber of Commerce and major corporations were quietly but persistently lobbying Congress to water [...]

Business Groups at End of Their Tether With Tea Party Resistance

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 12:57 pm

I stand by the opinion – backed up by decades of evidence – that we’re in the midst of an inexorable shift to the right in our politics. But sometimes, that shift really defies any conception of ideology at all. It really is the case that conservatives often knee-jerk oppose absolutely anything the opposition supports. [...]

Senate Republicans Considering Lawsuit Over Recess Appointments

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 9:35 am

The House Republican position on President Obama’s recess appointments is hard to even express without laughing. GOP Congressmembers are actually saying that they oppose the appointments because Congress is not in recess – and as soon as they finish their vacation and get back to Washington, they’ll have something to say about that. I’ve heard [...]

Obama Recess-Appointing Only in Dire Circumstances

By: Thursday January 5, 2012 6:55 am

I think we have found the unifying thread on the President’s recess appointments yesterday. He did not decide to make appointments on key financial regulatory positions, like OCC or FDIC or the Federal Reserve, and some worry that those nominees will now get blocked from confirmation as a result, though they are seen as uncontroversial. [...]

Front-Runner: Wall Street Guns for Elizabeth Warren

By: Friday December 2, 2011 2:15 pm

If Elizabeth Warren were no threat to the established order, they wouldn’t get around to any effort to stop her ascension in the Massachusetts Senate race until much later in the cycle, if at all. But her surge over Scott Brown, and the possibility that she would have an even bigger perch from which to [...]

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